Living in Oregon, one often forgets that baseball is not only played in the cold, rainy, Pacific Northwest springtime.

As  Beaverton High hosted Aloha High on Saturday afternoon, though, it was the quintessential day for baseball. The mercury topped 90 degrees, arms were lose and the ball was flying off the bat.

With fans in the stands complaining about just how hot it was and the prep ballplayers out on the field seeming to revel in the heat, Beaverton used a seven-run first inning and solid pitching by Andrew Carter to top Aloha 8-3 in an OIBA game.

“They responded like they have been for the last two and a half weeks of this summer,” Beaverton coach Derek Nekoba said. “We’ve been playing pretty well together. This group does a pretty good job of picking up each other, moving guys over and really, 1-15 is able to do it. It’s been a good last two and a half weeks here.”

Beaverton began the game with three consecutive singles, the third, by Ryan Hill drove in a run to put Beaverton up 1-0.

Aloha answered back with three runs off Carter, in the top half of the third inning. Josh Williams doubled in a run to tied the game 1-1. Starting Aloha pitcher Nick Christophersen then helped his own cause by singling in another run to make the score 2-1. Nate Christophersen—Nick’s twin brother—then put the Warriors ahead 3-1 with a single of his TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Beaverton starting pitcher Andrew Carter pitched well for the Beavers in their 8-3 win over Aloha on Saturday.

“I kept the ball up,” Carter said. “I should have kept it low and outside like I normally do.”

In the bottom of the fourth inning, however, Beaverton’s offense exploded. Casey Cornwell tied the ballgame 3-3 when he stepped to the plate with runners on second and third and drove a single to rightfield. Hill got his second RBI of the day when he singled in Cornwell.

That chased Nick Christophersen and the Warriors brought in Carson Richards. Richards did not have anymore luck than Nick Christophersen did, TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Aloha starting pitcher Nick Christophersen fires a fastball against Beaverton during the Warriors defeat on Saturday.

A Robbie Valentine single made the score 5-3.

Hill scored on an overthrow to second base when Valentine was trying to steal, making the score 6-3. Sam Noyer then hit a pop fly to leftfield, which the Aloha leftfielder lost in the sun, allowing another run to score.

Hill then singled to make the score 8-3.

Aloha finally got out of the inning, but the damage had been done.

“Giving up the lead fired these guys up a little bit,” Nekoba said. “We’ve played from behind a few times this summer. But these guys all compete. They all want to get after it. Their ability to come back and respond is something they’ve been doing for the last two and a half weeks.”by: TIMES PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Beaverton short stop Casey Cornwell puts out Alohas Lorenzo Robles at second and throws to first in attempt of a double play in the top of the seventh inning.

The Beavers added one more run for good measure in the sixth inning when Cole Christophersen singled. Nine runs was more than enough for Carter, who was nearly unhittable after the third inning. Carter went the distance, securing the win for Beaverton.

“I concentrated more,” Carter said. “I also feel like I got more arm strength as I went on.”

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